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Coal-fired plant closures saved more than 26,000 lives, study says

COAL: The air pollution benefits from closing coal-fired power plants in the U.S. over a decade saved 26,610 lives, with about a fifth of those in the Ohio Valley, according to a new study. (Ohio Valley Resource)

ALSO:
• A Kentucky coal mine operator misses a debt payment and says that it has hired a consultant to review its financial outlook. (WKU Public Radio)
The coal industry lobbies West Virginia lawmakers to prop up the state’s nine remaining coal-fired power plants. (WV News)

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EFFICIENCY: A Florida nonprofit plans to build seven net-zero homes in a city south of Tampa to help improve affordable housing. (Tampa Bay Times)

WIND:
An Oklahoma utility adds 40 MW of wind energy to its portfolio with a new power purchase agreement for a wind farm in the state. (Edmond Sun)
Dominion Energy chooses Siemens Gamesa as the wind turbine supplier for its major offshore wind project off the coast of Virginia. (CNBC)

PIPELINES:
A Louisiana appeals court hears arguments on a lawsuit challenging state laws that let Bayou Bridge Pipeline operators take private land for construction. (Associated Press)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents say a court invalidating an air pollution permit for a compressor station in Union Hill, Virginia, is a “major victory” for environmental justice. (NBC News)

OIL & GAS:
Oil and gas industry expansions could add emissions equivalent to 50 coal plants by 2025, much of it coming from Texas and Louisiana, according to an environmental group’s report. (Houston Chronicle)
A Houston pipeline operator and liquefied gas shipping company export their first cargo of ethylene from a new dock in Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy is among several utilities increasing smart meter deployments, adding over 3 million between 2018 and 2020. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: The CEO of Florida Power & Light writes that the utility is thinking long-term with its natural gas and renewable energy plans. (Sun Sentinel)

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